Candidate filing kicks off strong for May election

02/03/2014 8:02 PM

02/03/2014 8:03 PM

The first week for candidate filings for area city council seats saw nearly all incumbents re-file for their positions.

All three incumbents in Keller filed on the first day, Jan. 29.

Pat McGrail, will join the race to keep his position as Mayor. McGrail has been Keller mayor since 2007.

Councilman John Hoffman, will run again to keep his Place 5 seat. Hoffman was elected into office in 2011.

Place 6 incumbent Doug Miller also has filed for re-election. He took his seat on the council in 2011.

This year, Keller is expected to see several finished construction projects as well as work toward encouraging residents to enjoy at shop at local businesses. The city’s biggests goals for 2014 is to work on community development, safety and improving service levels while maintaining the city’s tax rate.

Roanoke

Roanoke has three seats up for election this year, one in each ward.

Incumbents Brian Darby, Ward 2, and Steve Heath, Ward 3, both filed on day one.

Darby was elected in 2001 and Heath has been on the council since 1997.

Roanoke has seen continuous commercial growth throughout the last year and is making way on its last major residential development.

An ALDI grocery store is expected to open during the first quarter of the year as well as more dining venues. The city also received an upgrade in bond rating from an A to AA, which will enable the its bonding capacity at lower interest for capital improvements.

Trophy Club

Connie White filed the first day to seek re-election for her mayoral spot. White has been mayor since 2009.

Jim Parrow, realty company owner, has entered the race for the Place 1 spot on the Trophy Club Town Council.

As of Jan. 31, no one had filed for the Place 2 seat that is up for grabs.

Trophy Club has no shortage of decisions and opportunities facing the council. The council and Trophy Club Municipal Utility District 1 are engaged in discussions to determine the best course of action for providing water, sewer and fire services for the town. The MUD handles those duties and also serves the portion of the Solana business park that is within the town of Westlake. The town of Trophy Club cannot currently dissolve the MUD since that entity serves part of another municipality.

The town continues to attract commercial development – two hotels are planned for Texas 114 and Trophy Wood Drive – but the council must decide whether it approves of developer Scott Beck’s plans for Planned Development 30. The Planning and Zoning Commission recently recommended denial of Beck’s request to add to the number of allowed residential lots in PD-30, a proposed mixed-use town center. Beck is resubmitting plans to the commission before taking his PD-30 proposed amendments to the council.

Haslet

In Haslet, where three City Council members have expiring terms, no one filed on day one. Mayor Pro Tem Warren Robb, Councilwoman Kathy Hopper and Councilman Pat Richey all have terms that expire in May.

Haslet has been slow to grow but must contend with a population boom in areas of north Fort Worth that surround the semi-rural municipality. The city of Haslet has begun discussing a major east-west thoroughfare – the so-called Avondale-Haslet Connector – that would potentially ease some of the traffic caused by the many motorists passing through the town on their way to points east and west. The opening recently of an Amazon fulfillment center has demonstrated the town’s willingness and ability to attract major commercial/corporate development deals.

Westlake

No one filed the first week for the council and school board seats.

Keller ISD

Shane Hardin, 38, a far north Fort Worth man working in construction, filed for the Place 5 seat. DeAnna Smith, 49, a Keller homemaker, withdrew her candidacy for Place 5 a few days after filing.

Place 4, currently occupied by Craig Allen, also is on the ballot.

Place 5 has been vacant since former Trustee Lara Lee Hogg stepped down in July when she moved out of the district. Trustees opted not to fill the opening and instead let voters choose in May.

Northwest ISD

The Northwest Board of Trustees, which oversees a sprawling fast-growth school district, has two seats expiring this May. One of those incumbents, board President Mel Fuller, has filed to run for re-election in Place 7.

No one has filed for the Place 5 seat.

The district has more than 19,000 students and is continuing to grow. Its third comprehensive high school, Eaton, is scheduled to open in August 2015 and will serve the Haslet and north Fort Worth areas.

The last day to file is Feb. 28.

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